Sparkling Pineapple Mango Refresher

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With spring and summer just around the corner, who doesn’t like a cool refreshing beverage that tastes great? As a bonus, a great-tasting beverage that is healthy as well is just an awesome bonus.

Serve as a virgin cocktail before dinner or enjoy this refreshing drink anytime of the day. Packed with anti-inflammatory compounds, vitamin C and potassium, this smoothie does a body good; just one of the many amazing recipes from my book 175 Best Superfood Blender Recipes Using Your NutriBullet.

Some of the ingredient highlights are:

Mango

Key nutrients: beta carotene, fiber, potassium, proanthocyanidin, vitamin C

Health-promoting properties: Promotes satiety and regularity, as well as, supports healthy gut bacteria. Supports the bowel’s role in detoxification. Lowers cholesterol and triglycerides. Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory and lowers blood pressure, and helps to move nutrients into cells and waste products out, and maintain a healthy heart beat. Supports normal cell division and growth. Supports the immune system, skin health and wound repair, and stimulates collagen production.

Health conditions that benefit: Maintains healthy skin, and may help to improve skin conditions like acne and psoriasis. Support diseases with underlying inflammation such as CVD, asthma, dementia, cataracts and diabetes. Lowers blood pressure. Helps to prevent and treat constipation, and support gut health and therefore mood. Supports fetal development and a healthy pregnancy, may reduce the risk for pre-eclampsia and eclampsia. May help with weight loss and weight maintenance.

Pineapple juice

Key nutrients: potassium, vitamin C

Health-promoting properties: Lowers blood pressure, supports healthy nerve transmission and reduces inflammation and oxidation, including the oxidation of LDL cholesterol. Stimulates the production of collagen and promotes healthy blood vessel function or endothethial function.

Health conditions that benefit: Supports a healthy mood, overall digestive health and prevents and treats constipation. Reduces the risk for, and possibly the progression of, CVD. Supports health fetal development and may help to prevent pre-eclampsia and eclampsia. Supports healthy skin, and wound, ligament, tendon and cartilage repair.

Sparkling Pineapple Mango Refresher

Makes 2 Servings

Use tall cup

Ingredients

  • 1 lime
  • 1 cup (250 ml) frozen mango chunks
  • 5 ice cubes
  • 1 cup unsweetened pineapple juice
  • Sparkling water

Directions

  1. Using a paring knife, cut 2 to 4 thin strips of zest from the lime. Set aside (discard the remaining zest or reserve for another use).
  2. Squeeze lime juice into the tall cup and add mango, ice cubes and pineapple juice. Twist the extractor blade onto the cup to seal. Blend for 45 seconds or until smooth.
  3. Pour into individual glasses and top with sparkling water. Garnish with lime peel.

Optional Nutrition Boost

  • 1-1/2 tsp acai powder after the mango

Tip

*You can grate zest from the remaining lime peel for later use before juicing. Place measured amounts of the zest in ice cube trays, cover with water and freeze until solid and for up to 3 months.

Variation

*Pour smoothie into ice pop molds and freeze until solid.

175 Best Superfood Blender Recipes Using Your NutriBullet will be available in Chapters and Indigo in Canada, and Barnes & Noble in the US, and will be available in Costco Canada too. Of course you can also order it on Amazon.ca or Amazon.com today!!

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